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We Could Be Looking at the First Hurricane of the Season

Tropical Storm Dorian could reach Category 1 status by Tuesday or Wednesday
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2019 8:49 AM CDT
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Tropical Storm Dorian's wind speed probabilities.   (National Hurricane Center)

(Newser) – We've entered prime hurricane season—generally the four weeks before and after Sept. 10, reports CNN—and now comes news of the first potential one of this season. Tropical Storm Dorian could become a hurricane as early as Tuesday as it moves into the eastern Caribbean Sea. Accuweather reports that at 5am Monday, Dorian was about 225 miles away from Barbardos, which the National Hurricane Center says could see about half a foot of rain. The storm is moving west at about 14mph and has maximum sustained winds of 60mph, reports the AP.

"Compact Dorian getting better organized," reads the center's 8am public advisory on the storm, which notes that "some strengthening is forecast during the next few days." But CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera says Dorian's power could be dulled by the wind shear and dry air it will encounter as it moves west toward Puerto Rico, which it should approach by Wednesday night. That would be welcome news for the island, which is still suffering the nearly 2-year-old effects of Hurricane Maria. CNN spoke with one woman outside a Sam's Club there: "Thankfully I've been preparing since May," she said, describing her family's efforts to stockpile water, canned food, and gas. (Meanwhile, President Trump is denying a report involving hurricanes and nukes.)

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